Can't wait! It's past time to free the people.
An amendment to the MMPA could be proposed that would remove manatees from the protections of this important statute. Federal permits for proposed coastal development projects (marinas and docks, for instance) in manatee habitat would be granted without adequate protection measures such as boat speed zones, on-water enforcement, or signage. With more boats in manatee habitat and insufficient manatee protective regulations, the probability that manatees will be killed or injured by dangerous boat traffic will increase.